I first met Jesse Brock about 1996 or 1997 at a CBA
bluegrass festival. He was an in incredible mandolin player then
and has just continued to raise the bar! I saw Jesse and Michael
Cleveland play a mandolin duet at SuperGrass recently and believe
me it was an industrial strength performance! Jesse Brock plays
mandolins fitted with Allen Cast tailpieces,
TR-1, TR-3. He called and said "they made a huge difference on his
mandolin, better volume and sustain, more open tone" (Gibson Sam
Bush model) Jesse toured and recorded with Michael
Cleveland and Flamekeeper for quite a few years.
He was a guest recording artist on Michael Cleveland's "Let 'Er
Go, Boys!" He also has a solo recording out that is
called "Kickin' Grass" on Pinecastle Records. Nominated
for the IBMA Instrumental Album of the Year 2003 Jessie installed
an TR-3 on his Gibson Sam Bush model F-5, he said it made a very
definite improvement in the tone and volume of the mandolin,
"increased volume and the tone is more open"
Lonesome River Band
Randy Jones is an awesome mandolin player with one of the top
bluegrass bands in the country! He plays a couple of mandolins
both with Allen cast TR-2 tailpieces. I always feel a little like
a proud papa when I see a tailpiece that I made being used to make
great music! One is on several mandolins from Jonny Gray and the
other is on mandolins from Glenn Moonbeam.
American mandolinist and composer/ arranger of acoustic world
music. As a mandolinist and arranger, he's worked with
accomplished musicians from all over the world. He received his
bachelors degree in performance from Berklee College of Music in
During his experience at Berklee, Alex was featured in Grammy
Award winning Alejandro Sanz's music video for "La Musica No se
Toca," and well as Vasuda Sharma's video for "Jhaggi Jhaggi."
I have been a fan of
Chris Hillman for quite some time. Glad to see he has one of our
Allen cast MR-2 tailpieces on a signature model Breedlove mandolin.
Chris Harris - Mandolin & Lead/Harmony Vocals Dale Ann
Chris Harris Is using an Allen TR-3
mandolin tailpiece on his F-style mandolin. Caught their sets at Grass Valley
with the Dale Ann Bradley Band! Wow! (personally one of my
favorite bluegrass bands ever!) He is a awesome player! Love his
style. He is also quite a vocalist! Honored to have Chris using one
of my Allen Tailpieces!
Dwight Yoakum Band
Sent an Allen TR-2
mandolin tailpiece to a music store in the LA area that was going
out on the road with the mandolin player for the Dwight Yoakum Band.
After a bit of research I discovered the mandolin / lead guitar
player is Eddie Perez!! Edward Anthony Perez (born June 26,
1968 in Los Angeles, California) is an American guitarist and
singer. He currently records and tours with country artist Dwight
Yoakam. Prior to joining Yoakam, Perez was a member of the Grammy
award-winning, multi-platinun band The Mavericks. He has also played
with other notable artists such as James Intveld, Connie Smith, Jim
Lauderdale, Miranda Lambert, Lee Ann Womack, Gary Allan and Kim
Richey. In addition to his work with The Mavericks, he has worked
with Mavericks' lead singer, Raul Malo, on his solo projects. Perez
played on the Peter Asher produced Malo record, You're Only Lonely.
Allen Resophonic with an Allen cast RS-2 tailpiece.
Kathy Barwick is a wonderful reso player as well as an accomplished flat picker.
Kathy has toured and recorded with a number of bluegrass artists
over the past twenty years, including the Bluegrass
Philharmonic, Bill Grant & Delia Bell, the All Girl Boys and
the Avocado Brothers. Check out the MP-3s below! She has recently joined up
with "Mountain Laurel"
Kathy's playing is prominently featured on the second
CD, Trouble At The Mine.
Dominick is currently a member of The Deadly Gentlemen, The Grant
Gordy Quartet and the Lily Henley Band. Whether writing a new piece,
learning a tune or performing with his confreres, Dominick will
always share his love of music with others and enjoy playing the
Ethan Anderson is probably the youngest professional player
using our tailpieces. Ethan uses an AR-2 Allen cast tailpiece. The
Anderson Family Bluegrass Band is a very good bluegrass band and
fun to watch. Check them out soon!!
you Buck for the many years of wonderful music! I was so glad I
got the chance to tell you that in person. This world is a better
place because you were here! Randy Allen
Tom is an accomplished mandolin player He tours and records with
one of my personal favorites
The Kathy Kallick Band. Tom was part of Laurie Lewis’s
Grant Street Stringband and is featured on Laurie’s &
Together. Tom has also been a member
of High Country. Tom is using an AR-2 Allen tailpice.
One of the best mandolin players from Europe. Usually he will be
playing a mandolin fitted with an Allen MR-2 model tailpiece. I say
"usually" because he owns and plays many mandolins. He has recorded
11 or so CD's and whole bunch more.
Without a doubt one of my favorite local (local to me that is)
bluegrass bands. They have a great catalog of original and
traditional tunes with really well executed arrangements. Kathy
Barwick Plays an Allen Dobro that is set up with an Allen cast
Ferguson plays a custom Allen resophonic guitar. He said in a
recent letter " this is probably the best
(resophonic) guitar in the country." Rich
Ferguson Plays an Allen Dobro that is set up with an Allen
They have a
couple of CD's available or
for booking information contact: Rich Ferguson
Donny plays an
Allen D-H Custom Guitar. A dreadnought herringbone with South
American Rosewood back & sides.
included a few features that Donny wanted on this guitar. He prefers
the small tuning buttons and we also used a flat finish on the neck.
He likes the vintage look so we tinted the top to give it that aged
the article on Donny in the winter 96' issue of the
is a gifted songwriter / performer. Among his credits
included a tour performing with the "Byrds". His songs aren't just intended to
change your mood, but also your heart.
Peter is often
touring the USA He has recently written a lot of new
material Peter plays an Allen
Since 2001 Peter
has been writing and taking his music in a new
direction. He has a new CD that is very soon to be
released. Stay Tuned!
has a couple of CD's available, one titled, " The Eye Of The
Storm" This project has some great musicians
taking part, including Gene Parsons. Another
titled "History" Check out his site: